Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
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Friday, May 28, 2010
Here's some cropped photos from today's battle. For more photos and a battle report, you'll have to check out my brother's LOTR blog report:
So here's some cropped photos from today's scenario!
My brother's Dwarven force for this scenario:
A pic showing some of the Stat cards I made for quick reference. They will eventually have photos of their appropriate miniature in the white space on the left of each card:
Some cropped photos from today's battle showing some of my forces:
Some of my brother's heavily armoured dwarves:
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Basically, I loaded up my map image in a graphics program, and placed an enlarged top-down coastline photo on top of it, then used a fading/erasing tool to remove the land from the coastline and blend the water into my own terrain image. Then I cropped just the end of the map (where the coastline was) and saved it as a new image.
Printing it out, it can be laid on top of the end of the map, to create a seamless coastline addition! Or it could be used as the shoreline of a lake or wide river. I might make a second backdrop, so that if I place the water against my wall-end of the table, the backdrop has water leading off to the horizon with some blue sky and clouds, for an endless-ocean look.
Showing how it just lays on top of the map:
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Playing around with the camera and my minis, with the battle mat, scenery and backdrop. Because the mat is so gloss, any photo taken at ground level looks like things are floating on water, because the entire surface is reflective when looked at from so low, but a little cropping and close-up focus, and I love how this photo turned out!
Here's the War Mumak! Followed by some glowing Haradrim Spirits! They look even glowier in real life.
It's a bit blurry right up close from the enlargement, but great for standing back and looking at! Adds heaps of immersian to a tabletop game :)
Again, I wish the camera I'm using could capture the colours exactly as I'm seeing them, but I've tried to adjust some of the photos slightly to get them closer to the actual thing. The odd thing is, when I took the shot showing the whole table, and when I take zoomed in photos, it has different colours/tones in the photos, even though in real life they are the same colours/tones!
The upside of the glossy paper is that the quality of the printing is amazing, and the colours and light/dark in the printing is strong and clear. When printing on plain paper or cardstock, its very faded and muted.
The downside is that there are shadowy reflections of any scenery object or miniature that is placed on the map, because of the coating on the paper. However, this only becomes very visible when taking photos from down low, and most of the time, it's just not all that noticeable or jarring while moving around and playing on it.
Anyway, here's some photos with my two 15mm miniatures (yes, I have to do more of my army!!! Still waiting for plastic bases to arrive so I can actually base them)
Some LOTR minis on the board (haven't finished working on their bases yet)
this shot has two scales of minis in it
End of table view of the battle mat.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
My historical blog tracking my progress in army making and stat/rules supplement making, is at: http://pauls15mm.blogspot.com/
So, a little bit of customisation. I selected a Rider of Rohan figure that had a similar body and helmet - but there was no crest on the helmet, and the figure was made to attach a spear arm to. So I made a simple crest out of green stuff and stuck it on his head, and I cut an axe arm off another rider, so that I could use the axe arm on this 'captain', and attach the spear arm to the figure the axe came from at some later date.
Anyway, the result is a captain foot and mounted, and two warriors with swords and shields! (the shield in the warrior on the right looks better since taking this photo. I touched it up and tried to use washes to define the circle of three horses heads a bit better)
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Will he pit me against dwarves or goblins? Will there be a troll? Or giant spiders and wargs? Will I stomp across the battlefield with my Mumak? Who knows what will happen.
As a result, I can't post a photo of the latest miniature I've painted, because it is a 'mystery miniature' that I will be pitting against my brother later this week! After the match, I will post a photo, because I like it :)
I tried painting it a different way to how I normally paint things, and it was interesting how it came out. So stay tuned to see what it looks like!
And lastly, a photo using my paint package's Auto Adjust. I love using it, because it really brings out the light and dark in any photo, making any miniature look awesome!
Here are 'before and after' photos.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
My first scenario is about the first real battle, the Siege of Nicaea, including table-top layout map and forces that can be used to portray the battle. I'll also be writing up about miniatures painting as I collect historical armies, and talking about my scenery building projects, with photos.
I'll be alternating now between doing historical and fantasy things, while battling it out with my brother's dwarves and goblins as well, and the occassional historical battle once I get starter armies in a playable state.
As for LOTR miniatures, I am planning in a couple weeks to get another box of Warriors of Harad, and another box of Haradrim Raiders, so I will be able to field more cavalry, more warriors, and also to make some more Spirits of the Haradrim (see older posts about them if interested).
Here's a photo of one of Nicaea's round-towers at 15mm scale, compared with one of the 28mm scale Haradrim towers I printed out last week. The stonework on the 15mm tower was taken from a photo of a wall in Jerusalem's Old City area, for added authenticity to the region :)
Friday, May 14, 2010